Yeah, I know it's good manners to hang back for a little while and get a feel for the place before diving in. But there's always someone lurking around, which seems a bit creepy in a way.
I started a new foodie forum, it's not doing too badly for a new forum, but I know every single person who has posted. There's not one stranger on there. Maybe it's because we appear cliquey or something.
But then I come over here and see there are dozens of non-members lurking on here too.
Perhaps I have a jaundiced view of things but it seems to me that lurkers want to suck whatever they can get out of you and give nothing back. A controversial view perhaps. But they just seem like Peeping Toms to me.